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Using Symbolics C with DOS/Unix targets
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 1991 14:38-0600
From: gooch@TIJERAS.SW-SW.Dialnet.Symbolics.COM (William D. Gooch)
Has anyone thought about using (or better yet, used) Symbolics C to hack
existing programs for portability? I'm thinking of an arrangement along
the lines of CLOE, where the Symbolics machine is the network master for
development and debugging, and combat-ready code is spat toward target
machines using IP/TCP. Final testing, possibly tuning, etc. happens on
the target system. You could even think of producing system .make files
and so forth automatically when appropriate, also per CLOE. (Come to
think of it, it's quite possible that the CLOE Developer could be
adapted for this purpose fairly easily.)
The most significant problem with using Symbolics C to develop programs
intended for Unix or DOS is the limited C library available in Genera.
Many Unix and DOS programs make use of Unix system calls (most of the file
system interface functions are emulated on DOS, but not Genera),
screen-handling libraries (e.g. curses), networking interfaces (e.g.
sockets), databases (e.g. dbm), etc. Symbolics C provides nothing but the
ANSI C library.